Site description The largest area of intact wetland on the Turkish Black Sea coast, comprising open water, marsh vegetation (including vast reedbeds), sand-dunes, farmland and remnant woodland (including Alnus/Fraxinus seasonally-flooded forest). The lake edges support Phragmites and Typha; the dunes support maquis-like vegetation. Outside the IBA, the delta is used for grazing and intensive arable production. Reed-cutting is an important economic activity (`Other' land-use).
Key Biodiversity The site is very important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds, with over 10,000 waders passing through the delta in spring. Thirty-five species of passerine breed in the forests and Haliaeetus albicilla has bred in the past.
Blanket bogs; Coastal lagoons; Fens, transition mires and springs; Mud flats and sand flats; Rivers and streams; Salt marshes; Water fringe vegetation
Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches
Extent (% of site)
Protection statusNational High International Partial4,000 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Kýzýlýrmak Deltasý, 4,000 ha). 11,000 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Kýzýlýrmak Deltasý, 11,000 ha). 11,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kýzýlýrmak Deltasý, 11,000 ha).
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